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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 6/4/20

MLB rejects player’s union proposal; Yankees first round draft pick could play a role in 2020 season; a look at Clarke Schmidt; revisiting George Steinbrenner’s suspension.

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ESPN: On Wednesday, it was reported that MLB rejected the MLBPA’s offer for a 114-game regular season and had no plans for a counteroffer. Of course, we’ve also seen reports of management proposing a 50-60 game season, and there’s also reports that the sides are “close.” | Brendan Kuty: One MLB-related thing that is for sure happening is the Draft. While the number of players selected has been vastly decreased, the importance to the Yankees this year could be increased. Some people seem to think that with the expected unusual schedule and roster size, the Yankees could take a polished college pitcher and fast track them to the majors, potentially this season.

New York Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Speaking of pitchers who could play in the majors, in 2020. Here’s a look at Clarke Schmidt. The Yankees first round pick in 2017 had an impressive 2019, getting on a lot of people’s radar. He was invited to big league camp this spring before everything was paused.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: It’s became part of the lore of the late 90s/early 00s Yankees’ dynasty that George Steinbrenner getting suspended helped that team become what is was. The story goes that with him not around to interfere and trade away any young talent much as he did throughout the 80s, the baseball operations people were able to develop players and build them into the dominant team of that era.